Celtic cup draw gives Toon much-needed boost

PETERHEAD FC manager Jim McInally may just be the happiest manager in the country after hearing the news that his Peterhead side had been drawn against Premier League runners-up and current Scottish Cup holders Celtic in the fourth round of the Cup.

Peterhead beat Inverurie Locos on Saturday to book their place in the draw, while Celtic and the rest of the top Scottish clubs have been entered automatically at this stage.

The draw, which sees McInally return to where his playing career began, will provide the Blue Toon with a much-needed boost to get over their current League woes.

Speaking to the Buchan Observer, Peterhead boss McInally declared himself pleased with the draw, stating: “It’s brilliant!

“I know everything that needs to be known about Celtic, having kept up with their games. At the beginning of the season they had a shaky spell, and we know that there are weaknesses there to exploit.

“It will be one of those games, though, where we’ll need to be as good as we’ve been to get a result, and they’ll need to have an off day. That’s the beauty of the Cup. There are days like that for top teams. I just want the players to go out there and enjoy themselves, this game is for them to show what they can do,” added McInally.

The game, to be played at Peterhead on the weekend of January 7/8, 2012, could also provide the Blue Toon with some lucrative television revenue.

“It’s a massive game for us because of the chance for television revenue, something that will perhaps offer us more than a trip to Parkhead can do,” said McInally.

Peterhead spent a substantial sum at the beginning of the season, and it is hoped that the money received from any potential television revenue will go back into the running of the club.

Meanwhile, Peterhead FC chairman, Rodger Morrison, was also ecstatic with Tuesday’s draw.

He told the Buchanie: “We have not had the best of seasons so far so this is a great draw for us.

“A few years ago we went into this stage and drew Rangers and it gave the club and the town a tremendous boost and it’s great to see that happen once again.

“It’s something for everyone to look forward to and Celtic are as big a side as we’ve ever had at Balmoor.”

Mr Morrison was also keen to keep the draw at Peterhead rather than switch to Parkhead.

“We have been drawn at home and my personal choice would be for Celtic to play at Balmoor, but that’s still to be discussed and decided with the board,” he said.

“We will be meeting this week to discuss the draw and should have a decision made on this pretty quickly,” he added.